Science

9:05am

Wed August 13, 2014
Art

Branch by branch, artist grafts a Tree of 40 Fruit

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 10:36 am

An artist rendering of the Tree of 40 Fruit mature and in bloom.
Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist, who is building such a tree, branch by branch.

Grafting fruit trees is a practice almost as old as fruit trees themselves. Mending branches from two different varieties of fruit is how we get hybrid fruit varieties.

Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken is taking the art of graft to another level.

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9:30am

Fri August 8, 2014
Science

USGS commissions, christens new research vessel

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 5:56 am

The newly commissioned R/V Kaho will be used for research on Lake Ontario.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The United States Geological Survey has added a new research vessel to its Great Lakes fleet, which will help monitor the health of Lake Ontario.

The new boat replaces a boat that was in use for fifty years and was finally decommissioned a couple years ago. The Research Vessel Kaho, which means searcher or hunter in Ojibwe, was commissioned and christened in Oswego Wednesday morning, even though it's been in use since last year.

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10:51am

Thu July 10, 2014
Science

How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down

Erik Heden, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Binghamton, inspects storm damage in East Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

At least four tornadoes ripped through central and northern New York Tuesday evening. It's the National Weather Service that makes that determination if a funnel cloud touched down. It's a careful and calculated process.

Armed with a compass, camera and notepad and paper the next morning, meteorologists Erik Heden and Mike Jurewicz retraced a storm that roared through Onondaga County, knocking down trees and power lines.

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10:15am

Fri June 20, 2014
Science

Playing youth sports a sign of career success?

Joseph Gilbert via Flickr

 

Earning a varsity letter in high school for playing sports will mean better jobs and increased philanthropy later in life. That's the consensus of new research from Cornell University.

Two coinciding studies looked at the success of people who played a sport in school. The first asked potential employers and co-workers to look at extra-curricular activities of potential hires.

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10:19am

Wed June 18, 2014
Science

IJC backs Plan 2014 to control Lake Ontario water levels

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 8:03 am

Boaters are expected to see longer seasons two out of every three years as part of Plan 2014.
Ray Sawhill/flickr

The International Joint Commission says its recommendations to help restore some of the natural water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway will also benefit the lake's wetland wildlife. According to the commission, Plan 2014 will help Lake Ontario get closer to its natural ebb and flow throughout the year.

Commissioner Dereth Glance says Plan 2014 strikes a balance between the current plan and the lakes original water levels about 60 years ago.

 

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